Maybe your love shack is a chattering chamber of vapid verbosity, but not mine. We opt for a mostly instrumental mind-body sweat fest of categorical indistinctions. Which is why British DJ Fischer P's remarkable compilation of found vinyl from around West Africa fits the bill so well. Playing The Danque!! is like slapping scratchy after scratchy onto a turntable (ask your parents). It's a freaky West African catch-all of that sounds equally beholden to James Brown-ian funk and Fela Kuti's raging Nigerian Afrobeat. From George Danquah's timeless "Just a Moment" to Smahila and the S.B.S.'s 18-minute Fela homage "Natural Points," The Danque!! delivers one musical exclamation mark after another, festooned with every slithery variety of low-budget keyboard revelation you can imagine. If this doesn't get your friends out of the kitchen and into the lava-lamp's oozing glow, find new ones!
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...